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First of all because the term gothic has so many defnitions it has to be defined in many ways. The word Gothic was first published in 1611 in a reference to the language of the Goths. This meaning was extended in several ways to mean "Germanic" or "Barabarous" or a term for being medievil. It is also a term for an architectual style in Northern Europe between the 12th and 15th centuries which is dominated by pointed arches and emphasises hieght. Gothic is also used to describe art from the 12th to 15th C. Beginning In 1765, literature and stories that revolve around grotesque, mysterious and desolate themes were called Gothic stories because they were written in styles and about themes that were medievil and not classical.

The term 'goth' is meant for someone who appreciates gothic literature, art, style etc, not someone who wears black and is in deppression.
"They're reading The Castle of Ontranto, they must be gothic"
by Enameno June 26, 2004
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Gothic does not mean most of the things that are on these pages , to all of the readers. I happen to be a 30 year old "gothic woman" so all of those phrases referring to teenagers, well those are not goths, just kids who are trying to get attention if they act like little asses , They do not reamain gothic after high school,but as we all know all teenagers act like that, but the "preps " are usually the ones who end up pregnat by the age of 15.

Although there are true gothic teenagers that stay this way all of their lives. There are some that give others a bad name, just live White people, African Americans, Hispanics, Muslums, you cant judge everyone by one person!
All of the Gothic people I know are very much more on a normal level of life than you so called everyday average people, & yes society does look down on all the gothic people , because its not their way of life, but we do not understand the concept of the way your lives are lived either.
Having chickens in your kitchen for decoration, thats kinda messed up huh? & pretty pink walls & so fourth, You are still just as screwed up in the head as the rest of us, so dont think you are any better. As for hot topic, go in there sometime & talk to the people that work there,or ther customers.
You will find them some of the most intellegent people you will ever meet, Oh & the nicest, as long as you don't come of as you are going to insult them . All that goths are ,are people who are who they want to be, so as for the comments about it not having to do with people, clothing, music or whatever, it has to do with all of those things, because thats the way we want it.
It has NOTHING to do with your defintion, do you see us getting on here writing about how stupid sporty , athletic people are? No you don't. So lay off the subject until you know more about it , the stereotype did come from the old word gothic because that is what has turned us onto that lifestyle, the art, the architecture & so fourth, there are gothic people that do not even dress in black, but they don't because of people like you!!!!!!
by Roseanna Steele September 22, 2006
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1. A person who has sincerely immersed themselves in a stoic and depressingly good literature, is rather solemn and is gothic because of a state of mind not the clothes, black nails, or music.
2. Some jerkoff who wants to be definition number one but is just a retarded teenager confuzed by puberty and taking it out on the world, catagorizing themselves, and shopping at the all-mighty evil, Hot Topic... because they think its all about how they dress and what they listen to.
For definition 1-
The gothic culture was always been looked down upon due to a lack of social acceptance
For Definition 2-
"Dude. check out the new clothes and lipstick i got from hot topic. i am so gothic" <--should be shot.
by jane December 10, 2003
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Unlike what people might say, goths are not depressed people, in fact they're people tha CAN see beauty even in some places that normal, stupid people can't, for example death.

they look like old school real punks, but with a darkes sense of fashion: black clothes, piercings, chains, grose hairstyles and other things may caractrize them.
Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus was goth: she was always wearing black and she didn't despise death... haha just kiding.

Evanesence are NOT goth

Lacrimosa and Rosseta Stone are examples of gothic music
by Sheishop August 11, 2007
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Of or relating to goth and the subculture thereof. Older adherents of the subculture (it's been around since the 1970s, people) prefer to call themselves "gothic" rather than "goths". The term is reminiscent of a style of medieval architecture and intended to bring to mind images of gargoyles, stone arches and funerary monuments.
There is no "gothic movement". Get over it.
by Emby Quinn October 22, 2003
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A real time, German RPG with an engrossing storyline, and an excellent combat system.
Gothic is one of the best RPGs out there. Download or buy it as soon as possible.
by Delthryn March 09, 2005
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1 - A type of architecture used through the Middle Ages - changed slightly after the black death, but carried on through to the Victorian times etc.

2 - A style of music, derived from punk. Bauhaus, London After Midnight, The Mission etc.

3 - A style of literature and art.

4 - A way of dressing; different types include Lolita, Cyber, Romantic etc. A fair amount of black, mixed with other colours (purple, red, white, and in the Cyber case, neon colours). Gothic also extends in other ways such as home decor.
1 - Just check out Oxford for loads of Gothic style buildings!
by Knickerblocker Glory June 10, 2006
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